We recently moved from our old apartment to a new apartment. Yesterday, we had a bill for $99 forwarded to us from Dish Installations. Here’s what happened.
The apartment management has been performing major renovations to the apartments, changing some of them into condos, adding a pool, adding backyards, doing a “face lift” etc etc. There was construction constantly, and it was a major inconvenience all around. The apartments, as part of the renovations, added DirecTV satellite dishes to the roofs, so I had DirecTV service, because I prefer it to Comcast.
Last June, somebody severed the cable from the satelite dish to the box (? I might have my terminology wrong) for my apartment. This happened in the basement–an area I do not have access to, and so I could not check the situation myself or fix it myself. So…the dish is not mine. The cables are not mine. The person responsible for literally cutting the cable was not me. All I was paying for was the service, which would have been at the apartment complex regardless of whether or not I ordered DirecTV.
Obviously, the local dish installers had to come out to the apartment and fix it. Apparently, the man’s labor and time was worth $99. Oh, also, we were without our television for nearly 2 weeks, and DirecTV billing refused to refund us for that time. So I was paying for a service I didn’t have because nobody at the apartment complex would take responsibility for this crap.
The man who fixed everything told me they would be billing the apartment manager, since it’s their dish, their cable, their problem, etc. I had no account or business with the Dish Installations folks because I did not have them install a dish for me.
And now, I have the bill. I contacted the current apartment manger (I never met her. She took over the same week we moved) and left a detailed message on her machine, but honestly, I doubt she’ll agree to pay it. And I don’t have any leverage. There’s no “or else.” I believe I am not responsible for this bill but ultimately it’s my word against the word of a woman who wasn’t even there and doesn’t know me.
Now, if the other apartment manger was still there, this would not be an issue. I’m thinking it’s an issue now because she’s moved on to other things.